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Design & Critical Thinking - Week #15 to #17

Design & Critical Thinking - Week #15 to #17
By Kevin Richard • Issue #16 • View online
The Design & Critical Thinking Community update
Hi everyone,
Here’s what happened on the fifteenth and seventeenth weeks of 2022.
Being the expert that knows he doesn’t know
On Tuesday 12 April 2022, we explored the letter “E” for “Expertise” from various perspectives. We used the island template, a (work in progress) collaborative mapping method that uses topography as a categorisation metaphor to help make sense of a context.
Going beyond success & failure
On Tuesday 26 April 2022, we continued our exploration of the theme of becoming better designers through the keyword “Failure”, and how it conditions our understanding of success (and vice-versa): i.e. a short-term success can be a long-term failure. Moreover, preparing for failure means measuring for it and indirectly creating a fail-safe space, enabling us to discover other opportunities. Therefore, failure is not the goal, it is a means to move beyond an otherwise limiting dichotomy.
Week #19 to come, join the exploration with us!
Wish you a wonderful day and see you on Tuesday! 👋
Kevin from Design & Critical Thinking.

Mapping the “Expertise” island – a sense making, topographical visualisation tool.
Mapping the “Expertise” island – a sense making, topographical visualisation tool.
Going beyond success & failure
Virtual Chalet 26 April 2022 – Going beyond success and failure #becomingbetterdesigners
Virtual Chalet 26 April 2022 – Going beyond success and failure #becomingbetterdesigners
Virtual Chalet, 12 April 2022 – Being the expert that knows he doesn't know #becomingbetterdesigners
Listen to our sessions on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and more...
Design & Critical Thinking | Podcast on Spotify
🌟 Links & resources shared by the community
Should we ditch sustainability?
there is a rising argument that sustainability is not enough, that it’s just about “doing less harm” or getting simplistic efficiency gains.
The solution according to the contradictions is to move beyond sustainability and replace it with new terms like resilience, thrivability, and now, regeneration. All of these are important concepts and hold very desirable end goals, but what happens when new frames are created without the context and applicable knowledge to fill them?
Is it Time to Ditch Sustainability? | by Leyla Acaroglu | Disruptive Design | Apr, 2022 | Medium
Creating an effective integrated care team – using a systems approach, with @John Mortimer
Creating an effective integrated care team – using a systems approach, with John Mortimer | Q Community
Design Economy — The Design Value Framework
Shared by @VinishGarg
Crypto-nuts rightly point out that our capitalist society is deeply inequitable. The housing ladder, wealth-creation, true equality, social mobility and fair employee rights are a dream for most people. Rather than resolving to improve these issues, the crypto-bro has chosen to become the equivalent of a feudal baron in this new web3 utopia.
They have realised that the blockchain is an opportunity to permanently cement inequality by getting in early with the promise of being a powerful part of the capital class in the new web3 world.
It’s not virtuous, and in fact web3 is even more unequal than today’s society. As Scott points out in his web3 takedown,
Every member of Forbes’s 2021 crypto-billionaires list is a man. A third of them attended Stanford or Harvard. Out of the 12 listed, only one isn’t white.
Many of the steps forward that we have taken in tech with sexism and racism are steps backward in web3.
And the economic inequality is even worse in crypto than it is in the real world, and that’s saying something.
Web3.0 Must Be Destroyed | NFTs, Bitcoin, Blockchains & DAOs, why are they evil? | Medium
If we want to manage complex environments, we need to stop talking about how things should be in the distant future, and start changing things in the here and now. Move from lofty long term goals to mapping where you’re at and making small changes and monitoring what’s happening.We decide on what direction we want to go in, map the system’s current state, run experiments to shift in that direction, measure the system’s state again and assess what interventions might be most useful.
Vector theory of change -
Apply Value Chain Analisys with Wardley Maps to identify a Platform Opportunity | by Simone Cicero | May, 2022 | Stories of Platform Design
Conspiracy, criticism & the case of Maajid Nawaz
Shared by @VinishGarg
Found metaphacts: to design the knowledge graph journey via domain models, semantic models, data models, ontology models, and information mapping systems. It is designed on open standards which means it supports data interoperability. 
Responded by @JonathanEdwards: Similar company 👇
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Kevin Richard

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